Kolkata Knights Riders outplayed Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday as they recorded a 7-wicket win over them on the Sheikh Zayed International Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Dinesh Karthik-led KKR restricted SRH to only 142 runs in 20 overs with Pat Cummins (1/19) and Varun Chakravarthy (1/25) shining with the ball. But the plaudits on the finish of the match went to 21-year-old Shubman Gill.
Young Shubman drove, pulled, and minimize with authority in an unbeaten 62-ball 70 as KKR overwhelmed SRH within the Indian Premier League. Shubman appeared assured on the crease and performed the anchor’s position to perfection.
Gill shaped a partnership with Eoin Morgan (42 not out in 29 balls) as they helped the Knight Riders open their account with a convincing win.
The 21-year-old opener anchored the chase completely as Morgan counterattacked to seal the problem in KKR’s favour with two overs to spare, after their opening game debacle.
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The praises saved on coming for Shubman after his assured knock. Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris mentioned that Shubman is his favorite India player after Rohit Sharma.
“My favorite Indian cricketer, possibly Rohit Sharma above him, that’s it. He must be KKR’s greatest player in the event that they must win IPL,’ mentioned Scott Styris on Star Sports.
Opting to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad by no means bought going after Cummins and rookie spinner Chakravarthy eliminated the opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner respectively and had been restricted to a below-par 142/4.
After an explosive begin by KKR, the bowling-heavy SRH did make some inroads with Khalil Ahmed and T Natarajan dismissing Sunil Narine (0) and Nitish Rana (26 off 13).
Rashid Khan bought into the act straightway, trapping KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik for a duck.
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But a peaceful and composed Gill was in full management of his innings and paced it brilliantly on technique to his fifth IPL fifty.
Reigning World Cup-winning skipper Morgan performed the proper supporting position earlier than becoming a member of the get together by smacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar for an enormous six within the 15th over to tilt the match in favour of KKR.
(with PTI inputs)